Developer Winstanley stresses jobs, business opportunities

 

NEW HAVEN — Developer Carter Winstanley expects to break ground for the ten-story, 435,000-square-foot laboratory and office building on June 1. After 20 months of construction, followed by tenant improvements, he explains, 100 College Street “should be open for business 24 to 26 months from the start.”

It will be a LEED silver building, with energy-efficient fixtures and sustainability measures that could include green walls, solar panels and wind turbines. “We are just at the front end of that investigation,” Winstanley said.

The price tag for the building is at least $100 million in private funding.

Infrastructure improvement began this March, and will cost $32 million, according to Kelly Murphy, New Haven's deputy mayor for economic development. “We are closing Exits 2 and 3 [of the Route 34 Connector] eastbound,” she said, adding that the College Street Bridge will become a road with tunnels into the Air Rights Garage.

Murphy also says the project will create 2,000 construction jobs and 600 to 900 permanent jobs, along with $73 million in direct wages and $22 million in goods and services.

Elkus Manfredi Architects designed 100 College Street, CJ Fucci Inc. doing the infrastructure improvements and John Moriarty Associates is constructing the building.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals will occupy 75 percent of 100 College Street and Yale will lease the remainder of the space, according to Winstanley. There will be street-level retail, starting with a 4,000-square-foot restaurant/café, with indoor and outdoor seating, on the front (south side) of the building.

“The primary goal was to get some sort of café space,” Winstanley explains. “We felt that would be most important — to open the building up to make the connection to the public and the street. We will have several doors open into the seating area.

“We’re still working on the design for additional retailers,” Winstanley adds. “I’ve looked at everything from art galleries to wine stores to clothing. It could be almost anything.”

Winstanley is seeking local businesses for the project. On March 27, some 50 people attended a 100 College Street Business Fair. “It went reasonably well,” he reports. “I am always disappointed that more people don’t show up. We’re trying to create opportunities for as many people as possible, and I know there are people that we haven’t reached. So I’m going back to the Greater New Haven Business & Professional Association to continue to tap into other groups. We’re also working very carefully with the Workforce Alliance to get people in line for jobs.

“There’s a good amount of construction that’s going to take place in the city, mine and Forest City’s [project to construct 158 upscale apartments at Science Park],” Winstanley adds. “We have a real need for painters, electrical, concrete and drywallers. We’re going to be touching all the trades, and going to break down packages to reasonable sizes and see it we can match as many local contractors as we can.”

The matchmaking begins this month. The best person to contact is city construction resource supervisor Lil Synder, Winstanley says. “A lot of the bid packages get funneled through her office.”